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"Rat vs Robot" or "Pixar FTW!"

It's really not fair to compare the two...except they're both CG animated films but I saw Ratatouille as well as Transformers this last week...and one is a masterpiece that when it finishs you sit back and sigh a contented happy smile.  The other you want to fall over exhausted but grateful the steamy pile of film has quit flickering across your eyelids and the loud poundy noises have stopped. 

I can't think of a movie I enjoyed more than Ratatouille for a very long time.  It was ... near perfection.  A fun original story with original fun characters (SO beautifully designed. )  that you CARED for.  No fart jokes.  No winking at the audience with "aren't we clever" pop culture references.  Visuals that made you literally drool.  A climax that made you laugh and cry.
Even if you watched it just for the effects... Remy's fur you wanted to stroke.  He had invisible hairs on his shell pink ears that only showed when he was backlit.  The rock wall by the Siene river you wanted to run your finger along it and feel the cool dampness.  Collette's knives were SHARP.  Linguini trying to shove his bicycle into his ratty apartment was hilarous.  You could SMELL the food. A critic that embodies every critic on the planet.

At the opposite end of the spectrum we have Transformers.

The last time I despised a movie as much as I did Transformers goes back to oh...maybe Batman and Robin.  What a loud, obnoxious, bombastic, trite, grotesque, loud, ugly, stupid and moronic pile of garbage.  I mean, serious complete and utter crap.  And LONG!  The whole time I sat fidgeting in my seat and looking at my watch.  It just kept going on and on and on...and whenever you thought it couldn't get worse, it did.  And louder.  And with LOUDERFASTERMOVETHECAMERAMORE cuts.  I can't even explain what complete and utter drek this movie was.
When your main character doesn't show up for like the first hour and is relegated to exposition to another character who later gets to say, "I won't surrender the OneSpark to you Megatron!"  I mean gouge your eyeballs out BAAAAD.


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Jul. 5th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Uh, I don't wanna be around when Marky reads this.... HOLY WAR!!

Seriously, I loved Ratatouille. I haven't seen transformers yet but I'm not hearing really positive things about it, even from the people who I'd expect to rant about it.
Jul. 6th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
I probably won't get to see Ratatouille until later next week but I did see Transformers much to my regret. I didn't go in expecting much - Micheal Bay + 80's cartoon doesn't leave much to the imagination. I was hoping for something alot more b-movie fun that I got and couldn't even really enjoy the spectacle of bad, it was so poorly done.

So Amen, sister. Tell it like it is.

Jul. 6th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
I have no desire to see Transformers, though I have friends who do. When it was around in the 80s, I just just older enough to not have any interest at all, and in fact saw it as among the drek of *product* to buy, with a cartoon about it (in order to sell more *product* of course).
Now Ratatouille--that I hope to se this weekend! It looks really fun and kinda sweet.
Jul. 6th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
You have no taste. Whatever happened to your inner child? Did you kill her in a violent fast edited mess of unimaginatve cynicism? If you have no love for Giant Robots blowing shit up I just feel I don't even know you anymore. If Peter Cullen's voice doesn't give you goosebumps then we have nothing to say to one another.
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